Strictly fans praise new judge Anton as he ‘channels Len energy’ with ‘sausage’ comment

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Strictly Come Dancing fans came out in their droves praising new judge Anton Du Beke for his first time on the panel Saturday night, as the show's professional dancer took up his new role for the first time.

But when ballroom expert Anton slipped right into his stride calling McFly singer Tom Fletcher "me old sausage" after his first dance, fans sensed he was giving energy like former head judge Len Goodman, who was a fixture on the show until 2016.

Taking to Twitter, fans shared their excitement to have the 55 year old star sat next to fellow judges Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood.

"Anton is channelling such Len energy 🙂 'my old sausage' :)," one person commented.

Another exclaimed: ""Me old sausage" Anton is just the perfect judge! #Strictly #SCD."

A third wrote: "Great to see Anton as a judge. #strictly #StrictlyComeDancing."

While a fourth viewer shared their relief at the dancer's "fair" scoring, as they posted: "Anton having a cheery demeanour but giving a fair score #Strictly #SCD #SCD2021 #StrictlyComeDancing."

"So lovely to see Anton Du Beke come on as a judge. He looks so happy #Strictly #StrictlyComeDancing," another fan added.

Others thought Anton was a "harsher" judge than they'd expected, as he firmly guided the contestants on their way through the competition.

Critiquing Tilly Ramsay, Anton turned quite serious when he said he wanted the TV chef to "lead with her heel" more, and to "work on that frame".

His scoring also stayed middle of the range as he matched Motsi and Shirley on a number of the dances.

Despite that, as always Craig was the first to get booed in the audience, and he gave a shockingly low score of "3" twice during the first show.

Stand-out performances included that of CBBC star Rhys Stephenson, as he was praised across the board for his incredible energy and footwork during the first show.

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